John Miller is the award-winning author of three novels of literary fiction: The Featherbed (Dundurn, 2002); A Sharp Intake of Breath (Dundurn, 2007), which won the 2008 Beatrice and Martin Fischer Award in Fiction; and the and Beautiful is the Night (Cormorant Books, 2018). Together with authors Sally Cooper & Elizabeth Ruth, he is a proud member of Big Canvas, the longstanding writers’ circle.
Born in Toronto in 1968, John spent his childhood in Ottawa and Toronto, benefiting from Canada’s bilingual education system. With a B.A. from McGill and an M.A. in International Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands, he returned to Toronto in the early 90s to begin a career in social services.
After working in positions of progressive responsibility with street-involved youth, with people living with HIV, and as Executive Director of a home-based palliative care hospice, he spent four years in social service policy at the Government of Ontario. In 2002, as his first novel was being published, he shifted to freelance consulting in nonprofit organizational development and to a parallel career in global health.
He happily juggles his writing with these other two careers, which since 2002 have taken him across Canada and to Europe, Africa, Australasia and Latin America.
John lives in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto, an area maggoty with writers.